Plant Parasites of Europe

leafminers, galls and fungi

Pyroderces argyrogrammos

Pyroderces argyrogrammos (Zeller 1847)

scarce thistle cosmet

on thistles


The larvae develop in the flower heads, feeding on the developing fruits. Also pupationa and hibernation takes place in the heads, in a light cocoon. The heads remain closed, which especially in winter makes them conspicuous.

host plants

Asteraceae, oligophagous

Carduus; Carlina corymbosa, gummifera; Carthamus lanatus, tinctorius; Centaurea aspera, benedicta, calcitrapa, solstitialis, sphaerocephala, stoebe; Cynara cardunculus, humilis; Klasea baetica, integrifolia; Onopordum acanthium; Picnomon acarna; Scolymus hispanicus.



distribution within Europe

(PESI, 2019).


Biesenbaum (2000d), Clement (1990a), Corley (2005a), Harizanova, Stoeva, Cristofaro ao (2010a), Huertas Dionisio (2007a), Kasy (1987a), Koster & Sinev (2003a), PĂ©rez Santa-Rita, Ros-Prieto, Vieira, ao (2018a), Sterling, Koster & Costen (2004a).

Last modified 2.iv.2023